I don't know if I placed this in the right forum, but I placed it here because I think this may very well be the purpose of the abduction phenomena.
There are some pros and cons in this debate;however, I tend to think that in order for our species to continue to exist, genetic manipulation may be a
The only thing that may save the human race is genetic manipulation. Out of our (by latest counts, some 30 000) genes, a few might require a
little bit of knocking around to make the produce of testosterone less, or change its effects into the brain. Why can't being testosterone-filled
mean, say, a sexual arousal caused by flowers during spring season.
Luck might be on our side. Consider that humanity's now so advanced that it is able to tinker with genes. We shall definitely tinker with ours. But
the problem is, producing more intelligent and balanced human beings isn't likely on the top of the list. Consider, say, military research. They want
to make humans able to tolerate more pain, or go on by less food. We are holding the key to our salvation, but instead use it to bash the skulls of
Also, we have to realize that we are living in a rapidly evolving technological world. We should stop and consider the intelligence level of the
average person. There have been studies done which show that the average IQ of the world's population only ranges between 81-85. I think anything
which would bolste that number is a good thing.
In regards to morals and science, here is what a Judaic site had to say about gene altering:
Is it ok?
Question: If we had the capability to genetically alter human characteristics like IQ, height, or strength, should society regard this ability as
a boon or as a potential danger? L.L.
Answer: Technology is ethically neutral. It is the application of technology that raises ethical questions. When discussing medical advances, our job
is to decide when it is proper to use new procedures and when restraint should be applied. Man was given the world with a mandate to rule over it,
subdue it, and improve it. We take this mandate very seriously. However, we must use technology for noble purposes and anticipate the potential
harmful effects technological advance may have on our fellow man (See: Judaism and Modern Technology).
Some would and do argue that "we shouldn't play God." I couldn't agree more. However, my view is that if God, the prime mover, didn't want us to
have the ability to do such things, we wouldn't be able to do it.
Now, I am not saying that gene altering is entirely a good thing because it certainly isn't. However, it is our choice as to whether we use it for
the benefit or detriment of humanity.
Gene manipulation techniques are advancing exponentially and raise a host of ethical issues which could either promote the very flowering of
evolution or reduce both us and the span of biota to an evolutionary wasteland - a robotic nightmare.
Again, this is our choice.
People fail to point out the medical benefit which may arise through gene therapy and manipulation. Are you willing to tell someone who is dying from
a terminal disease that they will just have to die because you are not willing to take a "moral" chance? How is that moral?
Now, I will be the first to admit that some of this is scary. Here is a link to some more links about stuff they have already cloned and created from
this manipulation of genes. Manipulation list
Here is an example of what gene manipulation can help with in the medical field.
GENETICALLY modified tomatoes containing edible vaccine are to be used to challenge two of the world's most lethal viruses.
The aim is to create affordable vaccines for HIV and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) that could be easily grown and processed in the countries where they
are most needed. So far, none of the 90 or so potential vaccines against HIV have proved successful and, though a vaccine already exists for HBV, it
is too expensive to be used by poorer countries.
Honestly, I am starting to think that maybe all of this has more of an upside than a downside. Now, what you need to keep in mind that this is coming
from someone who has been vehemently against GM foods and such. However, I have been thinking deply about this for a whicl and I am starting to soften
my opinion about some of it.
What do the rest of you think about this?